Students Invited to Enroll in Keep-Mills Spring 1 Residency; Sessions to Explore Powerlessness and Empowerment

By Terri Hilton, secretary, Center for Mentoring and Learning, Academic Affairs

January 16, 2015

fake road sign depicting divergent pathways our conversations and power structures take us. Students are invited to enroll in the Keep-Mills Residency on Ways of Knowing for 2015 during the Spring 1 2015 term.

Now a decade in existence, the Keep-Mills Residency on Ways of Knowing is an annual residency-based learning opportunity that combines online and face-to-face activities. The mentors planning and facilitating this year’s activities are Cindy Bates, Desalyn De-Souza, Alan Mandell and Rhianna Rogers.

The theme this year is "Circles of Powerlessness and Empowerment: Inspirations to Thought & Action." Among the questions to be addressed are: What is powerlessness? What is empowerment? How do individuals, communities and entire societies understand its origins and respond to it? How are people, as individuals and as members of groups, moved to think and act in new ways? What inspires? What readies us for such empowerment? How can we understand powerlessness and empowerment from multiple angles -- from the perspective of the psychologist, the artist, the business person, the social analyst, the educator, the historian and the community and social worker?

This blended-learning project -- an online discussion of common readings and other activities, a face-to-face residency and a final individual project guided by a mentor -- will use multiple disciplinary lenses and/or interdisciplinary approaches to explore what is meant by powerlessness and empowerment and to examine how these terms help individuals to critically examine their lives and the world. 

Registration is limited to a total of 15 students. The cost of food and lodging for the residency is fully provided by the Empire State College Foundation Keep-Mills fund. (The Keep-Mills fund does not cover student tuition.)

The required residency will begin Friday evening, March 20, and will end at lunch Sunday, March 22, at the Carey Conference Center in Rensselaerville, N.Y.

Students need to enroll with one of the four mentors with whom they will be pursuing a final project:

  • Cynthia Bates: Creative Leadership and Empowering Individuals and Communities through Theatre and Performance
  • Desalyn De-Souza: Child Development Perspective on the Building Blocks of Powerlessness and Empowerment
  • Alan Mandell: The Social Critique of Powerlessness and Social Movements for Empowerment
  • Rhianna Rogers: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on the Intersection of Marginalization, Powerlessness and Empowerment

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